Convince Your Boss2017-12-15T20:04:42+00:00


Justifying attendance at conferences can be tough, so we want to help!

Click below to download a sample letter in Word Doc format for justifying why your manager or supervisor should send you to SOAHR 2018. You can also copy and paste the text below into an email (just be sure to edit all the red text).

Click here to download the letter in Word Doc format

Dear Decision Maker Name,

I would like to request approval to attend SOAHR, SHRM-Atlanta’s HR conference, on March 27-28, 2018.

The Conference offers two days of comprehensive educational sessions from experienced industry practitioners and is widely regarded as the must-attend professional development conference of the year for anyone involved in HR within greater Atlanta or the Southeast.

I believe my participation is critical in order to bring new ideas and approaches to our organization as well as further develop my skills and build my knowledge around the latest developments in HR.

If I attend, I’ll receive:

  • 30+ Professional Development Opportunities: The 2-day conference offers comprehensive, cutting-edge educational content addressing topics such as Inclusion 2020: Global Trends, Predictive Analytics and the Future of Talent Acquisition, POWerful Recruiting Secrets, a Guide to Managing Senior Level Stakeholders, Succession Planning, Artificial Intelligence, Creating a Customer Centric Culture, How to Build a Business case, and much more. These sessions will give me the opportunity to earn up to 12 recertification credits.
    • Specific sessions I plan to attend include:
      • Session 1
      • Session 2
      • Session 3
      • OPTIONAL if attending the pre-conference workshop: Pre-Conference Workshop: In addition to the two full days of the conference, I also plan to attend the Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshop, “Structured Thought and Communication” where I’ll learn clearer communications leading to more efficient and effective decision making and reduced decision making time, more efficient analysis and less re-work which leads to higher productivity  and crisper thinking which eliminates low-value work and prevents pursuit of low-value ideas.
  • Subject Matter Expertise: I’ll also have the chance to learn about the latest trends from industry leaders and speakers including executives from MARTA, NBC Universal, IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group), and others.
  • Professional Connections: HR Professionals from diverse industries, varying company sizes and differing company cultures attend SOAHR, so I’ll have the opportunity to make new connections as well as hear a broad range of perspectives on common HR challenges.
  • Access to Resource Partners & Innovative HR Solutions Providers: I’ll also have a tremendous opportunity to learn about and explore new HR solutions that might be beneficial for our team.

The approximate investment for my attendance is as follows:

Registration: $XXX
Travel/Meals: $XXX
Total: $XXX

Early Bird Registration is currently available and to benefit from the current discount ($210) I need to register before January 5th, 2018, so I appreciate a quick response.

OPTIONAL: When I return from SOAHR, I’m happy to provide a report of my key takeaways, useful vendor information, new contacts made and recommended actions for implementing new ideas that will benefit our team. I will also make any Conference materials available to my colleagues.

Thank you for your consideration.


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